PEORIA, IL -- A rare treat delighted theater goers on Oct. 10, when they saw "Bette Davis, On the Edge," at Corn Stock Lab Theater. It was a standing ovation evening, richly deserved.
This original play, a comedy, by Peoria native Christine St. John, plays one more time in Peoria, on Oct. 11, then sets off for other venues.
It's wonderful, with sharp dialogue, and brilliantly acted by the author, a professional actor who lives in London.
St John, who looks like Bette Davis, uses just the right diction and story telling to trace the career of Bette Davis who fought to maintain her career against the sexist world of Hollywood of the 1930s to the 1960s.
She is branded as too ugly, then too old. She stands up for civil rights.
She even tries to break the notorious Hollywood contract system, and finds herself sued in London by Jack Warner, the Hollywood mogul. She loses, but is forgiven because the lawsuit generated so much publicity.
If this sounds grim, it is not. Instead it is witty and cleverly told, riveting.
Cornstock Lab's phone number is 309-676-2196, its email address is email@example.com, its website is www.cornstocktheater.com.
This is an event not to be missed!
-- Elaine Hopkins